The Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing the financial, administrative and academic affairs of Stevens. The Board is comprised of men and women who are accomplished professionals, business executives and educators, several of whom sit on the boards of leading corporations, international organizations and non-profits.
Virginia P. Ruesterholz
Virginia P. Ruesterholz is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology. She is a former executive vice president and president of Verizon Services Operations, a global, shared-services business group that operates Verizon’s wireline network as well as the finance operations, real estate, and supply chain services that support all Verizon companies. Ms. Ruesterholz also served as president of Verizon Telecom, where she was responsible for sales, customer service, operations, and IT for the consumer, general business, and domestic wholesale markets. Under her leadership, Verizon began rolling out the most comprehensive, high-speed fiber-optic technology in the country, providing customers with advanced and innovative broadband experiences. Ms. Ruesterholz joined New York Telephone as a manager in 1984, and served in positions of increasing responsibility in operations, sales, and customer service. After the Bell Atlantic/GTE merger, she was named senior vice president of wholesale markets and led efforts for approval to enter the long-distance market. She is a recipient of the Crain’s New York Business prestigious 40 Under 40 award and the New York Women’s Agenda inaugural Rising Star Award. She also serves on the Board of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. and Frontier Communications. Ms. Ruesterholz holds a degree in chemical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and an M.S. in telecommunications management from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. She is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Stevens.
Shane Q. Arlington
Shane Q. Arlington is a recent graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, currently pursuing Ph.D. studies in Materials Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. During his time at Stevens, Mr. Arlington was highly involved with the Stevens Honor Board, serving for one year as Corresponding Secretary, for one year as Vice-Chair, and for two years as Chair. During that time, he represented Stevens at International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) conferences in Cape Town, South Africa, and Jacksonville, Florida – and presented at the ICAI 2015 annual conference in Vancouver, Canada. Mr. Arlington also served for a year as the President of the Gear and Triangle Leadership Honor Society. Because Mr. Arlington was an out-of-state student, he was particularly invested in the admissions process, working for three years as a Campus Tour Guide, and for a semester as a part-time admissions interviewer. In the spring of 2016, he was recognized for his service and dedication to the Stevens Career Center. With regard to academics, Mr. Arlington worked as a teaching assistant for the Engineering Design Spine, did summer research under the Stevens Scholars program, and studied abroad for a semester at Queen Mary, University of London. Mr. Arlington earned his B.E. in Chemical Engineering (2016), his B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society (2016), and his M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (2016).
Saleel V. Awsare
Saleel Awsare is a senior executive with more than 30 years’ experience in the development, promotion and delivery of semiconductor products to global markets. He has an exceptional track record of driving growth in emerging businesses, as well as managing mature products for maximum profitability. Mr. Awsare places intense focus on building great businesses through active customer engagement while meeting high-margin P&L targets. His vast experience in global P&L, marketing, business development, sales strategy and engineering team management has played an essential role in attracting merger and acquisition interest in the companies he has worked for. Mr. Awsare joined Conexant to help streamline the product line and grow the business to profitability. He was instrumental in turning Conexant into the CE industry’s de facto provider of voice as an interface, and conversational AI solutions, USB-C Audio CODECs and computer vision solutions, making the company profitable. As President of Conexant, Mr. Awsare formed strategic alliances with top brass at leading AI companies like Amazon, Google, Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba and others, making Conexant’s 2-mic and 4-mic voice processing solutions the preferred voice solutions for developing new conversational AI devices. He also played a major role in Conexant being acquired by Synaptics. Prior to Conexant, Mr. Awsare was President of Nuvoton Technology Corporation America where he was responsible for the US based operations of Winbond's Logic spin-off (Nuvoton). He managed engineering, product development, operations, marketing, sales and quality. Additionally, within Nuvoton he had world-wide responsibility for the Mixed Signal Product Division for Audio & Voice Solutions. Prior to Nuvoton, Mr. Awsare was Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Mixed Signal Product Center for Winbond Electronics Corporation America. Mr. Awsare holds a master’s in electrical engineering and engineering management from Santa Clara University and bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. He holds multiple patents and has been published in several publications.
Lawrence T. Babbio
Lawrence T. Babbio is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology. Mr. Babbio is a former vice chairman and president of Verizon, who had responsibility for the Verizon Telecom and Verizon Business units. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Verizon Wireless. Mr. Babbio is a senior advisor, TAP Advisors, LLC and was previously a senior advisor to Warburg Pincus. Babbio began his communications career in 1966 with New Jersey Bell Telephone. He served in a variety of positions in engineering network construction, and technology development with New Jersey Bell and AT&T. In January 1995 he was elected vice chairman of Bell Atlantic Corporation. Prior to the Bell Atlantic/GTE merger, Mr. Babbio was president and chief operating officer for Bell Atlantic. He shared oversight of, and responsibility for, all of the corporation’s business operations, the restructuring of the business units, the GTE merger process, and the development of new growth opportunities. Mr. Babbio also served as chairman of the company’s Global Wireless Group, one of the largest wireless operations worldwide. He was the lead executive in charge of developing Bell Atlantic’s domestic and international wireless communications strategy. Under his leadership, Bell Atlantic substantially increased the size and scope of its domestic and international wireless holdings. Mr. Babbio served on the Board of Directors of Hewlett-Packard Company from 2002 to 2012. He previously served on the board of Compaq Computer Corporation. He also served on the board of ARAMARK Corporation from 1999 to 2017. He holds a B.E. in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from New York University.
Stephen T. Boswell
Stephen T. Boswell is a Trustee and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr. Boswell is the President and CEO of Boswell Engineering, a multi-state, multi-discipline civil and environmental consulting firm. Certified by the National Structural Engineer Certification Board, Dr. Boswell is the appointed municipal, planning, and zoning board of adjustment engineer for more than thirty communities in northern New Jersey, and is a licensed professional engineer in 28 states including New Jersey, where he is a licensed professional planner and site remediation professional and a certified municipal engineer and public works manager. Dr. Boswell is a member of the Board of Governors of Hackensack University Medical Center and its Foundation, and is president of the Buehler Challenger and Science Center board. He is also a founder and Lead Director of the Board of ConnectOne Bank. Dr. Boswell is an elected fellow of both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Council of Engineering Companies. He holds a B.A. in biology/chemistry from New York University, an M.A. in biological sciences from William Paterson University, and the Degree of Civil Engineer (a double M.S. in Civil Engineering) and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Thomas A. Corcoran
Thomas A. Corcoran is a Trustee and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr. Corcoran is a senior advisor for The Carlyle Group and president of Corcoran Enterprises, LLC, a management consulting company. For The Carlyle Group, Dr. Corcoran is currently a director of ARINC, Inc. Previously he was president/CEO of Gemini Air Cargo (a Carlyle-owned company), where he successfully led a business restructuring effort from early 2001 through 2004. Prior to Gemini, Dr. Corcoran was president and CEO of Allegheny Teledyne. From 1993 to 1999 he was president and COO of Lockheed Martin's electronics and space sectors, leading the business to a doubling in sales. Dr. Corcoran began his career in 1967 at General Electric Company, where he progressed rapidly through increasingly responsible positions. In 1990, he was elected a corporate officer and rose to vice president and general manager at GE Aerospace Operations. Dr. Corcoran is currently a director with three US-listed public companies: L-3 Corporation, GenCorp and Force Protection. Additionally, he is chairman of OnPath Technologies, a privately owned high technology company in Marlton, New Jersey. Dr. Corcoran is a trustee emeritus at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and he is active with the American Ireland Fund, where he is a director. He earned a B.S. in engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the GE Manufacturing Management Program. He is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Stevens.
Philip P. Crowley
Philip P. Crowley, Esq., is a lawyer focused on helping startup and emerging companies in the life sciences and other technology areas. From 1982 to 2015, he served as assistant general counsel of Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey focusing on mergers, acquisitions and corporate transactions as well as FDA regulatory law for Johnson & Johnson's high technology companies. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Mr. Crowley spent several years with large New York City law firms in the mergers and acquisitions and securities areas. Mr. Crowley is a past president of the Stevens Alumni Association and past chairman of the Edwin A. Stevens Society. He has served as a director of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the international bar association for in-house counsel, and as an officer and director of its New Jersey chapter. Mr. Crowley is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. He holds a B.S. in physics from Stevens Institute of Technology, an M.S. in applied physics from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the Columbia University Law School. Mr. Crowley is a recipient of the Stevens Alumni Award.
John R. Dearborn
John R. Dearborn retired in July 2017 after 36 years of contribution to the energy, petrochemicals, chemicals and plastics industries. John retired as senior vice president of NGL & Petchem Services for Williams Energy Company where he oversaw the natural gas liquids and olefins business and operations. Prior to joining Williams, he served as a regional vice president for North and South America from 2011 to 2013 for SABIC, which ranks among the world's top petrochemical companies. In 2001, Mr. Dearborn joined Dow Chemical Company where he served in a variety of leadership positions. He also held several leadership roles at Union Carbide Corporation from 1981 to 2001, prior to its merger with Dow. Mr. Dearborn earned his Bachelor and Master of Engineering (Chemical) degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration in finance and international business from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Joseph Del Guercio
Joseph Del Guercio is the President and CEO of the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation and Managing Director for CNF Investments, LLC. He joined Clark Enterprises’ CNF Investments in 2004 as a Managing Director. Prior to joining CNF, he was a director with LPL Financial Services, a Boston- and San Diego-based independent broker dealer, with responsibility for strategic planning, new product development and acquisitions. Mr. Del Guercio started his career as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs and Robertson Stephens, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, private and public equity financings and restructuring. He serves on the boards of American Honors College, Placecast, Terrago Technologies and Verax Biomedical, and is also an advisory board member on a number of CNF’s fund investments. Mr. Del Guercio holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College. An avid supporter of after-school sports programs, he serves on the Investment and Grants Committees for the U.S. Soccer Foundation and is actively involved with the National Youth Baseball Academy and Cycle for Survival.
William W. Destler
William W. Destler, B.S., Ph.D. received his B.S. degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology in 1968 and his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1972. He joined the Electrical Engineering faculty of the University of Maryland in 1973, and is the author of over 200 research publications in the areas of advanced accelerator concepts and high power microwave generation. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. At the University of Maryland, he held the positions of Professor, Department Chair, Dean of Engineering, Vice President for Research, and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. He assumed the position of President of the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2007, and served in this capacity until 2017. Dr. Destler is also an electric vehicle enthusiast and a collector of antique banjos.
Joseph G. DiPompeo
Joseph G. DiPompeo is President of Structural Workshop, LLC, a Structural Engineering and Building Consulting firm he founded in 2004. Structural Workshop LLC provides Structural Engineering and Building Consulting Services to a diverse clientele including many leading Architectural, Retail and Real Estate Development and Management Companies. Mr. DiPompeo has led the company from its founding to its position today as a well-established and rapidly growing firm with a reputation for client service. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering, both from the Stevens Institute of Technology. Mr. DiPompeo is a licensed professional engineer in 20+ states. He is also certified by the Structural Engineering Certification Board and a Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. DiPompeo chairs the Business and Professional Activities Executive Committee of the Structural Engineering Institute. He serves as President of the Stevens Alumni Association and is a member of the Stevens Athletic Hall of Fame. Mr. DiPompeo is also on the Board of Governors of the Mountain Lakes Club and the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA.
Emilio A. Fernandez
Emilio A. Fernandez is Vice Chairman of Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB), a global technology supplier of products and services for the railroad industry. Mr. Fernandez started his career as an instrumentation engineer at the Southern Railway Company in 1969. He co-founded Pulse Electronics in 1977, established to produce electronic monitors and control systems for the railroads. Since Wabtec acquired Pulse Electronics in 1995 he has started other technology based companies. Mr. Fernandez also serves or has served on the Board of the Smithsonian Institution Washington Council, the Board of the National Museum of American History, the Foundation for a Creative America, the Hispanic Leadership Council, the Board of Trustees of the George Washington University, as Chairman of the George Washington Medical Center, the Hispanic Business College Fund, the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland, the Board of Visitors of the James Clark School of Engineering, the Boards of Directors of Sophia Wireless, InHand Electronics, Pulse Medical Instruments, and the advisory Board of Amplifier Partners. He has been awarded numerous patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, covering the fields of medical devices, transportation and electronic readers. Mr. Fernandez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (‘69) from the University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Administration (‘76) from George Washington University.
Sean Hanlon is the Chairman and CEO of Hanlon Investment Management which he founded in 1999. Hanlon Investment Management is an innovative asset management, services and financial technology company. Combined, these offerings provide a fully integrated managed accounts program and wealth management platform for elite advisors, wealth managers, family offices, broker/dealers, banks and institutions, along with the over 100,000 clients they serve. Mr. Hanlon is Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Hanlon Financial System Center at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens in 1980 and earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation in 1997.
Matthew B. Hunt
Matthew Hunt is a recent graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, currently working in systems integration for Lockheed Martin. During his time at Stevens, Mr. Hunt served as the President of the Student Government Association for two consecutive terms. During that tenure, numerous changes were made to the structure of the student government. The most significant of these was the addition of the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs which provides undergraduate students a direct voice in their academic well-being. Additionally, Mr. Hunt served on the executive board of the Stevens Honor Board, served as a brother of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, and was an active voice in the Gear and Triangle Leadership Honor Society. For his effort in these roles, he earned the honor of Student Leader of the Year from the Office of Student Life in 2016. Before beginning with Lockheed Martin, Mr. Hunt participated in two summers of research through the Stevens Scholars program, which led to an opportunity to assist on a research project facilitated by the US Air Force testing hypersonic flow conditions. Mr. Hunt earned his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering (2017) and his M.E. in Space Systems Engineering (2017).
Daniella Kranjac is a co-founder and general partner at Dynamk Capital, a boutique growth equity fund investing in startup and growth B2B companies in the life sciences, and technology sectors. Ms. Kranjac has been building life sciences businesses, developing and commercializing life sciences products for over 16 years. Having co-founded Wave Biotech LLC from her Stevens dormitory room, she and a partner drove the start-up, growth and commercialization of a highly disruptive technology. As Vice President, she established a high growth company with significant brand recognition, and led the $25 million group to a successful exit and acquisition by GE Healthcare in 2007. At GE Healthcare, Ms. Kranjac went on to hold several business development, strategy and commercial leadership roles, establishing a several hundred million dollar enterprise solutions business, focused on delivering turn-key biopharma facilities to biotech companies and government agencies in both developed and emerging markets. Her unique perspective on the global market is owed to varied business development experiences in biologics, biosimilars, vaccines and cell therapies as these markets have evolved in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, China and the Middle East. As the founder of Dynamk Consulting LLC, Ms. Kranjac provides market insights, competitive analysis, strategy and business development to life sciences and B2B technology companies. She provides advisory services to high growth entrepreneurial executive teams in the space and the opportunities resulting from these consulting efforts have given rise to the establishment of Dynamk Capital. She holds a B.E. in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Biochemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology (’99), and an Executive MBA from New York University Stern School of Business (’12).
Rainer Martini is Associate Professor of Physics, and Director of the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at the Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr. Martini is recognized as one of the pioneer and leading experts in mid- and far-infrared technology and its application in the area of communication, spectroscopy, and imaging. He leads the Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy and Communications Laboratory which focuses on the development of novel optical modulation schemes and their implementation in real world application. His research accomplishments include the first demonstration of the coherent amplification of short – pulse THz radiation, establishing the first stable mid-infrared free-space optical link, the fastest MIR communication link, and a novel broadband imaging process allowing visualization of radiation ranging from 400nm (UV) to the millimeter wave region (100 GHz). His research also includes a new non-resonant optical modulation scheme for lasers in the mid- and near- infrared spectral region with the potential of increasing the communication bandwidth drastically. Dr. Martini has received multiple teaching awards and the 2011 Advancement of Innovation Award from the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame. Dr. Martini received a doctorate in physics from Rheinish-Westphaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen in Germany and did post-doctoral work with Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, in the Infrared Laser Program.
Lisa M. Mascolo
Lisa M. Mascolo is a proven C-Suite leader across IT, strategy, business development, change management, and operations with specific focus in the government sector. She serves as the managing director of IBM's US Federal GBS business. She is the Founder & CEO of Listen Learn Lead, LLC a small business focused on leadership development and executive coaching. Ms. Mascolo had 29 years experience with Accenture, and was a key leader both when the organization was a private professional services firm and a Fortune 500 public company. Her philosophy of doing good while doing well is resonate in the many hours she has committed to philanthropy. Ms. Mascolo is a recognized thought leader whose participation on industry panels, news outlets and public appearances drives positive market visibility. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the St. Albans School of Public Service, she chairs the Advancement Committee of the Board of Governors for the Grace Episcopal Day School in Kensington, Maryland and is a trustee and proud graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology. Ms. Mascolo holds a US Patent for Customs Processing.
Samuel P. Reckford
Samuel P. Reckford spent most of his career at Bear Stearns & Co., starting as an operations trainee and rising through the ranks to Senior Managing Director in Global Risk Management, where he was responsible for designing and building the firm’s global credit risk management system. After Bear’s 2008 demise, he spent three years as a Managing Director in Corporate Risk Management at its successor, JP Morgan Chase, before leaving banking to become the CFO of Hugo Neu Corporation, a privately-owned business with interests in real-estate, recycling and financial investments. After an extended sabbatical to focus on his personal interests and volunteer activities, Mr. Reckford recently joined the Episcopal Diocese of Newark as CFO. He served as President of the Board of Trustees of The Hudson School (Hoboken, NJ) for 18 years, as Senior Warden and many other roles at Christ Church in Short Hills (NJ), and continues to serve as the VP of Finance for the Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni and Volunteer Corporation at Dartmouth College, where he received his BA in Government. While not an alumnus, Mr. Reckford has a special interest in Stevens Institute, since it was founded by his third great-grandparents, Edwin and Martha Stevens.
Annmarie Rizzo is a retired Director of Operations in the Network and Technology organization at Verizon Communications. She was responsible for running the operations of the Transport Creation Centers for Verizon’s domestic wireline network which includes the building and creation of the backbone network for FiOS and FTTP voice, video and data. Ms. Rizzo began her career with New York Telephone as a manager in 1986 and held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, business planning and operations. She holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens as well as an M.S. in Management from Stevens. Ms. Rizzo is the recipient of the Harold Fee Award at Stevens as well as the President’s Award at Verizon. She is also a member of the Advisory Board at Hoboken Catholic Academy.
Richard R. Roscitt
Richard R. Roscitt is a Trustee and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology. He serves as non-executive chairman of Sapien Software, LLC, a leading software-as-a-service provider of global human resources, talent management, and managed human resource solutions. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Roscitt served as chairman and chief executive officer of SMobile Systems, Inc., a software company focused solely on smartphone and tablet security solutions for the enterprise, service provider, and consumer markets. Prior to joining SMobile, Mr. Roscitt was president and chief operating officer of MCI, leading that company out of its bankruptcy and corporate governance crisis. Prior to his work at MCI, Mr. Roscitt served in a variety of executive roles including president, CEO, and chairman of ADC Telecommunications, Inc.; director of ICT Group, Inc.; director of Tell Me Networks; president of AT&T Business Services; and CEO and president of AT&T Solutions, where he served for a total of 28 years. During that time, he was responsible for the firm's efforts to service the communications needs of the business market through AT&T Solutions, AT&T Data and Internet Services, AT&T Global Network Services, and the Global Sales organization. Mr. Roscitt holds a B.E. from Stevens Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ronald E. Salluzzo
Ronald E. Salluzzo is a partner in the higher education and academic medical center markets at Attain, LLC, and a member of its board. Prior to joining Attain, Mr. Salluzzo held a variety of executive positions including chief financial officer of Harris Interactive, chief risk officer for BearingPoint, executive vice president at Bearing Point responsible for the state and local and education practice in North America, and senior partner at KPMG. Mr. Salluzzo is a co-author of the 7th, 6th, and 4th editions of Strategic Financial Analysis for Higher Education: Identifying, Measuring, & Reporting Financial Risks, and he is a contributor to the 3rd edition. He has spoken and written widely on financial measurement issues affecting higher education. While at KPMG, Mr. Salluzzo was the National Industry Leader for Higher Education. In addition to a wide variety of community activities, Mr. Salluzzo currently holds memberships on the Board of Managers of the Eastman School of Music (of the University of Rochester), and the Board of the St. Ann's Foundation. Salluzzo holds a B.B.A. in accounting from St. Bonaventure University and is also a certified public accountant in New York State.
John A. Schepisi
John A. Schepisi is a Trustee and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Stevens Institute of Technology. He is the founder and president of the law firm of Schepisi & McLaughlin, PA. His clients include CNBC, Fiat Chrysler of America (FCA), J. Fletcher Creamer & Son, Inc., Holy Name Medical Center, ConnectOne Bank, Euro American Brands, Normandy Real Estate Partners, Tag Sylvan Corporate Center, Katz's Delicatessen, and the Ice House. Mr. Schepisi's practice focuses primarily on litigation, real estate development, and land use issues. He is admitted to the bars of New Jersey and New York and is a member of the American, New Jersey, and Bergen County Bar Associations, as well as the American Association for Justice. Mr. Schepisi is a former president of the Bergen County Bar Association. He formerly served on the Board of Governors of Hackensack University Medical Center and the Board of Trustees of Englewood Hospital, and on the boards of several public companies, including Bridge View Bank, Interchange Bank, and SunResorts Ltd., NV. He is a former chairman of the Bergen County Republican Organization and the Board of Directors of the Mullet Bay Apartments Association. Mr. Schepisi has also served as attorney for many municipalities throughout the state. He holds a J.D. from St. John's University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review, and a B.E. from Stevens Institute of Technology. Mr. Schepisi is a recipient of the Stevens Outstanding Contribution Award. In addition, Mr. Schepisi has been honored as a Leader in the Legal Community by the Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce.
Thomas H. Scholl
Thomas H. Scholl is a successful entrepreneur, technology innovator and investor. He has been directly involved in over 50 start-ups in differing roles including founder, chairman, CEO, board member and investor. Experienced in both hardware and software products - especially those created from deep intellectual property - Mr. Scholl currently serves on the boards of a variety of companies. As a venture capitalist for over ten years at Novak Biddle Venture Partners, he played a pivotal role identifying, investing in and mentoring portfolio companies from seed stage investment through successful exit. He sat on the boards of Paratek (acquired by RIM/Blackberry,) Command Information (acquired by Salient Federal Solutions,) Woodwind Communications (acquired by Vina), Vubiquity and Princeton Optronics. In 2011, Mr. Scholl was recognized as the venture capitalist “Friend of the Entrepreneur” by the Washington Business Journal. Prior to joining Novak Biddle, Mr. Scholl co-founded and was chairman of Cognio, a pioneering developer of software radio, cognitive spectrum management and MIMO antenna technology for wireless applications. Cognio was acquired by Cisco in October 2007. Mr. Scholl was also an angel investor in Broadsoft (IPO) and served as a Director of Torrent Networking (acquired by Ericsson), Integrated Telecom (acquired by PMC Sierra), NEC’s eLuminant and Siemen’s Optisphere. In 1990, he founded Telogy Networks, a leader in providing reference designs and embedded software products for world-class customers including Cisco, Motorola, Samsung, NEC, Nortel, Alcatel, Siemens and many others. In 1998, Motorola acquired Telogy’s digital mobile handset design business, and in 1999 Texas Instruments acquired Telogy as the world leader in embedded VOIP ("Voice-Over-Internet Protocol") software – licensing over one million VOIP “sockets.” As Telogy’s CEO, Mr. Scholl was honored as the 1995 Joseph A. Sciulli "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Maryland High Tech Council. Prior to Telogy, Mr. Scholl was Senior Vice President of Engineering at Hughes Network Systems (now a subsidiary of EchoStar and originally a combination of Digital Communications Corporation and Linkabit). He began his professional career as a systems programmer at the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Scholl is a graduate of Purdue University in Philosophy and Literature, and serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the College of Liberal Arts. He received Purdue's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009 and Doctor of Letters degree honoris causa in 2014. Mr. Scholl is also a Trustee at the Stevens Institute of Technology and serves as the Chairman of the Research Enterprise and Technology Commercialization Committee. He received Stevens' "Friend of Stevens Award" in 2015. In addition, Mr. Scholl is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland Foundation and past Chairman of the Board of Visitors at the A. James Clark School of Engineering, receiving the Clark School's inaugural Glenn L. Martin Medal in 2014. He was previously a Trustee at Capitol Technology University. Mr. Scholl has six patents relating to software, the Internet, and digital telephone systems, and he is the author of "Packet Switching" in McGraw Hill’s Electronic Communications Handbook. He is a Life member of IEEE and ACM, and he attended the Executive Management (non-degree) program at MIT Sloan School.
Frank J. Semcer, Sr.
Frank J. Semcer, Sr., is Chairman/CEO of The Micro Stamping Corporation (MICRO), a global conglomerate headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey, with divisions in Singapore, Korea, and Florida. Mr. Semcer began his career as product development engineer for Allied Chemical before joining MICRO as Vice President in 1969. In 1977, Mr. Semcer purchased MICRO. Under his leadership the company has grown into an international organization with four divisions dedicated to the medical, aerospace, and electronics industries. In 2010, Mr. Semcer was honored by Stevens Institute of Technology with the Stevens Award for Innovation and Leadership. He is a member of the NJ Tooling and Machining Association, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the American Society of Quality Control. At Stevens, he has served as a trustee, an executive committee member, and as chairman of the Quality Oversight Committee. He has also served as an advisory board member for Artistic Identification Systems and director of NJM Insurance Group. Mr. Semcer holds a B.E. from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from Seton Hall University.
J. Scott Swensen
J. Scott Swensen is a member of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology. Mr. Swensen is the Chairman and Founder of Conduit Capital Partners, LLC which was formed in 2003 to continue the Latin Power business that Mr. Swensen had started ten years earlier at Scudder, Stevens & Clark. The Latin Power funds invest equity in privately owned electrical generating plants and pipelines in Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Latin Power I (1993) was the first institutional-size private equity fund dedicated to Latin America and the first private equity fund in the world dedicated to infrastructure investments. Mr. Swensen began working with the energy industry in the 1970’s while at The Chase Manhattan Bank (now JPMorgan Chase) and subsequently at Banque Paribas (now BNP Paribas). When Deutsche Bank AG acquired Scudder in April of 2002, Mr. Swensen was in charge of the $5 billion of assets invested in various alternative asset classes. After the acquisition, Mr. Swensen and the other members of the Latin Power team joined DB Capital Partners, the private equity arm of Deutsche Bank with €10 billion under management. Deutsche Bank subsequently decided not to sponsor new private equity funds so the Latin Power team formed Conduit, spun out and then raised Latin Power III. Latin Power I, II and III total $650 million in commitments and all of them have among the highest IRRs in private equity for their respective vintage years. As Latin Power III is now selling its remaining portfolio, Mr. Swensen has started a consulting business to help investors make investments in the energy sector in Latin America. Mr. Swensen was a member of the Board of the Latin American Venture Capital Association and is now Chairman and CEO of the Latin American Venture Capital and Private Equity Foundation. He has served on the boards of many portfolio companies in his 23 years as a private equity investor. Mr. Swensen holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering with High Honors from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA degree (ABD) from New York University.
Victoria Velasco was elected President of the Stevens Alumni Association in September 2017. She is a teacher of mathematics for the Fair Lawn Board of Education. Ms. Velasco holds a B.E. degree (Engineering Management) from Stevens Institute of Technology. She also holds an M.A. degree (Educational Leadership) from Montclair University.
David J. Farber
David J. Farber is a Trustee Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr. Farber is the Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University with secondary appointments at the Heinz School of Public Policy and the Engineering Public Policy Department. Dr. Farber is also a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the University of Delaware. From 2000 to 2001, he served as Chief Technologist for the Federal Communications Commission. Prior to his appointment to the FCC, Dr. Farber served on the U.S. Presidential Advisory Committee on Information Technology. In 2003, he retired from the University of Pennsylvania where he held the Alfred Fitler Moore Chair of Telecommunications with appointments in the Engineering School and the Wharton School. Dr. Farber's background includes positions at Bell Labs, the Rand Corporation, Xerox Data Systems, the University of California at Irvine and the University of Delaware. Dr. Farber is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Dr. Farber serves on the Markle Foundation Board and on the National Security Internet2 Research Advisory Board, and has served on the National Research Council and the Advisory Board on Computer Science at the National Science Foundation in addition to numerous industrial advisory boards. He has consulted for major firms in the Information Technology area including Samsung, NTT Docomo, HP, IBM, Intel and Citibank, among others. Dr. Farber was awarded the Sigcomm Award for life-long contributions to communications and Philadelphia's John Scott Award for Contributions to Humanity. He received his M.E. degree and M.S. in Mathematics from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Stevens.
Richard F. Spanier
Richard F. Spanier is a Trustee Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr. Spanier served as chairman and president of Rudolph Technologies, Inc., (previously Rudolph Research) from 1966 to 1996 and, although retired, continues to serve as chairman emeritus of its board of directors, chairman of Rudolph Research Analytical Corporation, and chairman and president of the Lord Rudolph Spanier Foundation, a non-profit foundation for Christian purposes. Before joining Rudolph, Dr. Spanier taught Chemistry at Stevens Institute of Technology and Fairleigh Dickenson University. During the course of his career, Dr. Spanier guided the invention and development of metrology products that are currently used throughout the semiconductor industry. Dr. Spanier and Rudolph Technologies received the Industrial Research 100 Award for the AutoEL, the first fully automated ellipsometer. In 1990, he invented and received a patent for simultaneous multiple angle of incidence ellipsometry, which extended the range of applications easily accessible to ellipsometers for very thin films. Dr. Spanier introduced picosecond ultrasonic laser sonar (PULSE) technology in 1997. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Semiconductor Materials and Equipment International for his contributions to the semiconductor and semiconductor equipment industries. Dr. Spanier served on the Board of Adjustment of Chester, New Jersey, for 14 years, including 8 years as chairman. He has served on the Planning Commission for the Town of Cambridge, Vermont, and the Board of Deacons of the Second Congregational Church of Jeffersonville. Dr. Spanier holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Stevens Institute of Technology.